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Old 09-08-2011, 09:33 PM   #1
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Default Feeding a crowd on a budget

I'm planning on hosting a medium size party for my coworkers, kind of a tailgate party but at my house. Need to figure out the best way to feed them for a reasonable price.

this originally started as a smoking party with everyone bringing something to throw on the smoker, but I decided that would be a bad idea since there is no telling what people would bring and I would have to come up with a way to cook everything at a moments notice. This was a co-workers idea and people at work were excited about it since they all love the food I bring in as leftovers.

I figure this will be about 40-50 people and right now am planning moinks, ABT's, cloinks, some butts for PP, cole slaw, baked beans and cornbread along with a keg and bottled water.

This wasn't planned as a "free" party so everyone is on board for chipping in for things..... I don't want to sound cheap, but I just can't afford to shell out 4-5 hundred for a party and everyone is on board for it.

So, I was thinking everyone chips in $10 I get the meat and a few will show up early to help cook, I'll do the sides as well. I figure I can get the meat, sides, keg, etc and still have enough left over for the spices etc that go along with cooking. I will provide my house to hold the event, smoker, wood, etc to make it happen out of my pocket.

Does this sound fair? I'm almost tempted to say that I will have enough participants to get a small pig (100lbs) to cook along with everything and we will have a feast as well as leftovers for people to take home. I'm not looking to make money off of this, and will probably end up contributing a couple hundred out of my pocket to make this happen, but these are my co-workers and I've been there 10 yrs now. We are like family and I want to make this a party to remember, but can't afford to pay for everything myself.

Does anyone have any ideas? suggestions? sorry for being so long on this, but I don't have parties very often, usually I'm cooking for a friends or family that make sure everything is covered.
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